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Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania

650 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania, 15236 - (412) 653-1555

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The Pennsylvania American Legion Annual Essay Contest

The Department of Pennsylvania State Essay Contest is open to students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in a public, private or parochial school or who is a home schooled in Pennsylvania.  Each year a topic is provided.  This year’s 73rd Annual Essay topic is “Should We Have A Draft for the Military?”

First Place Winner will be awarded a $3,500.00 scholarship, a plaque and a trip to the 2007 PA American Legion Convention in July 2007 to read the winning essay.  In the event that the 1st place winner chooses not to attend college, they will receive $300.00. Second Place Winner will be awarded $3,000.00 or $200.00 if not college bound.  Third Place Winner will be awarded $2,500.00 or $200.00 if not college bound. 

In addition:  Post #712 will determine their local essay entry from the entries received from local school districts.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be chosen for each school district. 

Complete copy of a Brochure and Essay Rules

Talk your way to college?

You can if you’re a winner in the American Legion National High School Oratorical contest.

The Oratorical contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying the high cost of a college education. The Department of Pennsylvania American Legion awards the first place winner a $7,500 scholarship, plaque and expense paid trip to the Pennsylvania American Legion State convention to present his/her winning oration, plus the opportunity to represent Pennsylvania in the National and Regional Contests and receive an additional $1,500 scholarship from the National Organization. The second place winner receives a $5,000 scholarship and plaque and the third place winner receives a $4,000 scholarship and plaque.

The winner of the Pennsylvania Oratorical contest will move onto the National American Legion Oratorical program and will be eligible to win $18,000 for first place, $16,000 for second place and $14,000 for third place. First round participants in the National contest receive a $1500 scholarship. Second Round participants who do not advance to the final round will receive an additional $1500 scholarship.

Additonal awards at the discretion of the intermediate organizations and to participants at Pleasant Hills Post 712.

Information and brochure link

Letter from the PA state winner in 2008

American Legion Oratorical 2008 







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